A common fear many people have about death is that they’ll be buried alive. Television shows, books and movies reinforce the false narrative that this occurs often. Story lines convince us that our chances of experiencing the living nightmare are much greater than reality confirms.
History of Vivisepulture
Known in the industry as “premature burial,” the first confirmed case of unintentional vivisepulture (the technical term) occurred sometime between 1266 and 1308 AD. Upon the reopening of his tomb, the philosopher John Duns Scotus was reportedly found outside his coffin with his hands torn and bloody after he presumably attempted to escape. Another incident is attributed to Alice Blunden of Basingstoke. She claims people buried her alive, not once but twice, in 1674. During the Victorian Era (between 1837 and 1901), body-snatching grew in popularity since fresh cadavers for medical advancement were so rare.
Scary Premature Burial Stories
Dropped coffins, grave robbers, embalming and attempted dissections uncover other supposed prematurely buried corpses. In fact, Folklorist Paul Barber argued that people overestimate the incidences of unintentional live burial. We concur with his belief that people sometimes misread normal, physical effects of decomposition. However, some patients in the 1890s report the morgueor trapped them in steel boxes after erroneously declaring their death. While that may be true, don’t put too much stock into the declarations. People also report that aliens captured and brainwashed them.
We Confirm Death
For what it’s worth, we make sure every corpse that comes to us is dead. We won’t get into the gruesome details about confirmation. But rest assured, Foothill Funeral & Cremation staff will neverbury or cremate you while you are alive. With the myths dispelled, enjoy this list of the best movies which include scenes about someone being buried alive (unintentionally or otherwise):
- The Premature Burial
You’ve got to hand it to Edgar Allan Poe. In 1962, he was the first to memorialize Expertly handling the material, his work copycat productions.
Ryan Reynolds plays a truck driver in Iraq armed with nothing but a cellphone, lighter, flashlight and a Swiss army knife. He discovers he’s been buried alive and pleads for rescue. We won’t spoil the ending.
- Kill Bill
Most people remember the 2004 bloody Quentin Tarantino film for sword-wielding violence. But the first installment showed Uma Thurman’s character buried alive.
- The Nun
A 2018 indie horror film, thismovie features a scene where a Catholic priest is buried at a cemetery while he’s still alive. We make no judgment calls. It’s just creepily entertaining, if you like that sort of thing.
- The Revenant
Few could recover from being left for dead following a bear attack with the savior faire of Leonardo DiCaprio.
About Foothill Funeral & Cremation in Glendora, California
When the time comes, we will make sure you are not still alive. And, until then, we would value the opportunity to help you select the perfect urn for yourself or a family member or friend or to help arrange a memorable life celebration. Feel free to contact us now to pre-plan your own memorial or at your time of need (626) 335-0615. Our relationship with United Methodist Church and Sacred Heart provide great places for mourners to host funerals and memorials. You’ll love the grandiose yet intimate settings in both locations.